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Why do some people hate brainstorming?

If you want to start a revolution at your next staff meeting, grab a marker, stand up, and announce, "Okay everyone, we're going to be innovative today. We're getting outside the box and we're gonna do some brainstorming for the next hour!" In their minds, your team members will be grabbing pitchforks, throwing darts, rolling their eyes, and wishing they…

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What if your plan is solving the wrong problem?

We conducted a ReVision for a Cleveland company that came to us with a serious problem. In our JumpStart, we worked through the problem and, in less than an hour, we had two very good solutions. We all felt good about both options and resolved to carry those into the ReVision session the next day. Clearly, it was going to be…

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That’s absurd! vs. Innovation

When we ReVision a client, we start the day with a few simple rules that begin with "Leave your 'buts' at the door." You know the "but" people. They follow every new idea with a "but." "But we tried that." "But we can't afford that." "But we've never done that before!" (more…)

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Speed Kills vs. Innovation

I just heard a public service announcement for the Highway Patrol. You've heard it before - "This is trooper B. R. Jones reminding you that speed kills. Slow down this holiday weekend. Yadda,  yadda. Sorry Trooper Jones. Speed does NOT kill. [caption id="attachment_2478" align="alignright" width="219"] The Autobahn. No limits.[/caption] Anyone that has driven on Germany's autobahn can tell you that speed…

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Do You Have 2020 Vision?

Every MBA school in America will tell you the importance of a 5 year plan. You have to have a clear vision of where you are headed, where your business will be, and what it will LOOK like five years from now. How many employees, how many customers, what kind of product mix? You have to have vision. Frankly, I…

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Innovation and the BIG Deal, part two.

This is a story about the little things. The little things that solve little problems that give customers what they want and bring success to the little thing innovator. Hewlett-Packard had great success with the handheld calculator but they did NOT invent the handheld calculator. That honor belongs to Texas Instruments. The first calculator was big and bulky and cost $2500.…

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Innovation is not a BIG deal.

Simon Sinek in Start With Why  says innovation is revolutionary. It changes industries, changes the way we do things. According to Sinek, innovation is a BIG DEAL. He is right. And he is wrong. Innovation is a big deal about 2 percent of the time. 98 percent of the time though, innovation goes unnoticed by most of the world. Most innovations…

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The Thought Leader vs. The Change Leader

Thought Leadership may be the fastest growing "sub-industry" in the world. There are over 150 million blogs covering every subject under the sun. Everyone is clamoring to be THE Thought Leader in their respective fields. (Including yours truly, of course.) While thought leadership is good, it can also be a trap. In a popular 1960's TV show "The Many Loves of…

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Innovation is like a sunset

I spend a lot of time on a sailboat so I've seen my share of sunsets. Glorious sunsets. Average sunsets. Lots of sunsets. It occurred to me recently that innovation is a lot like a sunset. 1. Sunsets can surprise you. You know the sunset is coming but you never know how it will appear until it happens. You have…

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